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Plyo jacks, or plyometric jumping jacks, are another option for getting the heart rate up and challenging the body in a whole new way. Plyo jacks are like very slow jumping jacks. You jump out, just as you would in a jumping jack, but slow things down and add a deep squat. When you jump your feet back together, you land in another deep squat to challenge your hips, glutes thighs and, of course, your heart rate.
- Begin with feet together and lower into a squat, bringing the arms in front of you.
- Jump the feet out, landing in a squat and circling the arms up and over the head.
- Jump up once again, bringing the feet together and circling the arms back down.
- Add this move at the end of your regular cardio workout for an added boost, or do it a few times during your workout whenever you want to add intensity or mix things up.